The European Commission revealed its long awaited EU Biodiversity strategy, which sets out a blueprint for achieving the EU’s renewed biodiversity target. BirdLife welcomed the strategy but at the same time stressed that if EU is serious about reversing the decline of biodiversity and restoring the ecosystems on which we all depend, much more than the outlined actions will be needed.
The strategy includes six targets, each accompanied by a package of actions. These ranges, from properly managing the EU’s Natura 2000 network of protected areas to combating the spread of invasive alien species, from habitat restoration to supporting biodiversity conservation in developing countries. It also rightly highlights the key role played by the two most problematic natural resource-based sectors under EU control: agriculture and fisheries.
The make or break point for the biodiversity strategy, and for Europe’s wildlife, will be the outcome of the reforms of the EU’s budget and sectoral policies for the 2014-2020 period, looming in 2013. At the same time it will be vital that the strategy is fully implemented and financed by the EU and Member States.
BirdLife Europe urges the European Parliament and European Council to lend their support to the biodiversity strategy, and to commit to showing leadership and ambition for protecting our biodiversity and ecosystems. BirdLife is also committed to closely following implementation of the strategy by the EU and its member states, and will sound the alarm bell if progress is hindered through unnecessary delays or political interference.
For the past two years CZIP (Birdlife in Montenegro) has been fighting a battle against the conversion of Ulcinj Salinas into a tourist-development complex. The Ulcinj Salinas are an irreplaceable habitat for birds on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea, and one of the most important habitats on the Adriatic flyway. They are home to over 250 species of birds and recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and as an Emerald Site of the Bern Convention.
The EU law to address Invasive Alien Species is high on the policy agenda in Brussels. After many ups and downs, the three EU institutions seem to have found a compromise on common rules which could halt the environmental, economic and health damages caused by animals and plants introduced to Europe.
BirdLife and its Partners in 50 countries are proud to announce the launch of Spring Alive 2014. Now nine years old, Spring Alive brings together children, their teachers and families in Europe, Central Asia and Africa to observe and record the arrivals of five species of migrant birds.
The Ebro delta in North East Spain is one of the finest wetlands in the western Mediterranean and plays a vital role in the local community while also serving as a stopover site for many migrant birds. Unfortunately, it has become home to many invasive alien species that continue to infect the area and damage endemic wildlife at an incredible rate of one per year.
BirdLife’s UK Partner, the RSPB, is launching a new initiative, the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science dedicated to discovering solutions to 21st century conservation problems, reinforcing the BirdLife Partnership as a world leader in conservation.